E*nor"mous(?), a. [L. enormis enormous, out of rule; e out + norma rule: cf. F. norme. See Normal.] 1. Exceeding the usual rule, norm, or measure; out of due proportion; inordinate; abnormal. "Enormous bliss." Milton. "This enormous state." Shak. "The hoop's enormous size." Jenyns.
Wallowing unwieldy, enormous in their gait.Milton.
2. Exceedingly wicked; outrageous; atrocious; monstrous; as, an
That detestable profession of a life so enormous.Bale.
Syn. -- Huge; vast; immoderate; immense; excessive; prodigious; monstrous. -- Enormous, Immense, Excessive. We speak of a thing as enormous when it overpasses its ordinary law of existence or far exceeds its proper average or standard, and becomes -- so to speak -- abnormal in its magnitude, degree, etc.; as, a man of
enormous strength; a deed of
enormous wickedness. Immense expresses somewhat indefinitely an immeasurable quantity or extent. Excessive is applied to what is beyond a just measure or amount, and is always used in an evil; as,
enormous size; an
enormous crime; an immense expenditure; the expanse of ocean is immense. "Excessive levity and indulgence are ultimately excessive rigor."
V. Knox. "Complaisance becomes servitude when it is excessive."
La Rochefoucauld (Trans).
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